Tarana Burke & Ronan Farrow

Photo collage of Tarana Burke, Senior Director of Programs at Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity and founder of the #MeToo movement, and investigative journalist Ronan Farrow.

TONIGHT: Gonzaga to Welcome “MeToo” Movement Founder Tarana Burke and Journalist Ronan Farrow

New York social justice activist Tarana Burke, originator of the “MeToo” movement, and journalist Ronan Farrow, whose coverage of the multiple accusations of assault and harassment by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein helped earn The New Yorker a Pulitzer Prize, will share their perspectives on their work and the movement as features of the seventh Presidential Speaker Series:

"The Power of Social Discourse and the Complexity of the #MeToo Movement" 
Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m.
McCarthey Athletic Center

The wave of reported incidents of sexual assault and misconduct that followed the Harvey Weinstein exposé – involving entertainment personalities, politicians, educators, and others – has brought renewed attention and awareness to the widespread nature of this behavior. The movement has demonstrated that sexual assault and harassment persist despite the life-changing effect that sexual assault and harassment have on individuals, and despite systematic efforts to raise awareness, educate and alter behavior across many environments.

"This contemporary issue affects all of us. This event provides an opportunity to engage with leaders at the forefront of this social justice movement, to better understand the phenomenon of sexual abuse, and to more deeply appreciate the profound cultural change the #MeToo movement represents," President McCulloh said. 

Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh invites the Gonzaga community and the public to attend, listen to and be inspired by Burke, who is among those recognized as Time magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year: The Silence Breakers, and Farrow, who received global recognition for his culture-shifting series of articles on Harvey Weinstein published in The New Yorker.

Burke, Senior Director of Programs at Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity, has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social justice and to laying the groundwork for a movement that was initially created to help young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault.

Ronan Farrow is an investigative journalist who writes for The New Yorker - which published his Harvey Weinstein stories following a 10-month investigation - and makes documentaries for HBO. He has been an anchor and reporter at MSNBC and NBC News, and his writing has appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. He is the winner of a 2018 George Polk Award, and has been nominated for the National Magazine Award, among other commendations. A Yale Law School educated attorney and a member of the New York Bar, he attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He is also a former State Department official who worked in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Middle East. His upcoming book, "War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of the American Influence," publishes April 24 and is currently available for pre-order. 

How to Get Tickets

Tickets are available through TicketsWest and the McCarthey Athletic Center ($14; $10 for seniors, students and educators).



For More Information

This presentation marks the seventh Gonzaga Presidential Speaker Series event. Please direct questions to Angela Ruff at (509) 313-3572 or ruff@gonzaga.edu.
Media: Please contact Pete Tormey at (509) 313-6132 or tormey@gonzaga.edu.

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